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Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, Volume 12

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Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Retire Date: June 30, 2008
Retail Price: $39.99
Pages: 391

Volume 12 includes another just-for-this volume JMS commentary 54 pages long which includes the final Christmas memo he wrote to the cast and crew in year 5 as well as commentaries on the following scripts:

SCRIPTS

  • A View from the Gallery
  • Learning Curve
  • Strange Relations
  • Secrets of the Soul
  • In the Kingdom of the Blind
  • A Tragedy of Telepaths
  • Phoenix Rising

But wait. There's more.

As volume 12 was being prepped JMS discovered a box of archives that no one (including him) had seen in more than 13 years...B5 material he thought had been lost ages ago...material from the very first stages of creating B5... That box of archives was scanned for this volume and includes 20 pages worth of graphics and photos including:

  • First alphabet and numerical systems for Narn and Minbari languages
  • Photo of the never seen "Penisaurus" alien
  • Concept drawing for living quarters communication system
  • First designs for command logos-art deco style
  • Concept designs for tech crew sub-divisions
  • Detailed concept art for the security and medical patches/logos
  • Concept art for the Battle of the Line medal
  • Early versions of the B5 logo
  • An early stylized alphabet - English
  • Early generic emblems
  • An alternate Earth Alliance emblem
  • Concept art for the final EA patch/logo designs
  • First detailed schematic of the station
  • Concept art for locator signs
  • First costume design sketches for Delenn, G'Kar and Londo Mollari
  • Final designs for credit chit, EA access card and identicard
  • First concept art for Kosh's encounter suit
  • Photo of an early alien prosthetic design
  • Photo of an early Drakh design
  • Photo of a casting of Peter Jurasik's face and neck for use in creating the Londo prosthetic
  • Photo of the central corridor/Zocalo taken the first day that JMS arrived on the B5 soundstage
  • Photo of director Richard Compton and art director John Iacovelli on the council chamber set
  • Only known photo of a proposed miniature set of the station's interior garden that was later abandoned
  • Photo of the first sculpture of Kosh's head
  • Photos of the final prosthetics designs for Delenn
  • Photo of JMS with director Richard Compton
  • Photos of early G'Kar prosthetic design
  • Photo of JMS with Andreas the first time he wore the G'Kar prosthetic

Index

Alexander, Lyta – pages 32, 34-35, 37, 39-40

Allan, Zack – page 39

Allen, Woody – page 26

Arthur (King of the Britons) – page 45

Babylon 5 (Station) – page 12

Babylon 5 Volume 2: Messages from Earth (album) – page 8

Bester, Alfred (Babylon 5 character) – pages 51-52

bloodhounds (Psi Corps) – pages 33-34, 51

Bo – pages 20-24

Bob's Big Boy – page 28

bombardment of Narn – page 47

Brown, Julie Caitlin – page 47

CGI (computer-generated imagery) – pages 12, 43, 52-53

Chula Vista, CA – page 28

Cole, Marcus – page 37

Conaway, Jeff – page 32

"Convictions" – page 27

Copeland, John – pages 7, 9, 13, 15

Crusade (TV series) – pages 44-45, 52

"Deconstruction of Falling Stars, The" – page 52

Delenn – pages 23, 26

E Street, Chula Vista, CA – pages 28-29

Ellison, Harlan – pages 19-20, 22, 24, 37

Erasmus, Desiderius – page 43

Final Fantasy – page 35

floor scanners (prop) – pages 20-21

Franke, Christopher – pages 6-7, 13

G Street, Chula Vista, CA – pages 28-29

G'Kar – pages 23, 43-45, 48

Gordon, Byron – pages 24, 37-40, 52

Greek chorus – pages 20-21

Higgins, Joanne – page 16

Hitler, Adolph – page 26

hive mind – page 39

"Hunter, Prey" – page 27

I, Claudius (TV series) – page 44

"In the Kingdom of the Blind " – Commentary (pages 43-45)

Ivanova, Susan – page 37

Jurasik, Peter – page 44

Katsulas, Andreas – page 44

"Learning Curve" – Commentary (pages 25-30)

Lochley, Elizabeth – pages 21-22, 26-27, 31

Lost Horizon (1937 film) – pages 16-17

"love bombing" (cult initiation) – page 34

Lovecraft, H.P. – page 44

Mack – pages 20-24

Mollari, Londo – pages 6, 23, 44-45, 48

mugging – pages 28-29

MySpace.com – page 35

Na'Toth – pages 47-48

Netter, Douglas – pages 40-41

Payne, Mike – pages 13-14

phoenix (mythical creature) – page 31

"Phoenix Rising" – Commentary (pages 51-53)

Psi Cop – page 51

Psi Corps – pages 34, 51

religious commune – pages 28-29, 34

"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" – page 19

San Diego State University – page 29

Scoggins, Tracy – pages 31-32

"Secrets of the Soul" – Commentary (pages 34-41)

set (corner) – page 49

Sheridan, John – page 26

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger – pages 28-29

sound mix – pages 12, 14

"Strange Relations" – Commentary (pages 31-35)

synchronicities – pages 31-32

Tallman, Patricia – pages 32, 40

telekinesis – page 52

telepath – pages 24, 32, 34, 39, 45, 51

telepath arc – pages 44, 53

telepathy – pages 32-33

title sequence – pages 6-14

TNT (Turner Network Television) – page 52

Trace – page 27

"Tragedy of Telepaths, A" – Commentary (pages 47-50)

TV movies – page 52

Vietnam War – page 47

"View from the Gallery, A" – Commentary (pages 19-24)

vitamins – page 32

Warner Bros. – page 16

White Star (fleet) – page 21

Winter Hiatus memo of 1997 – pages 15-18

Wrap party, mid-season of December 1997 – page 15

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